I’m a train stan. Always have been. From making little railways as a kid to this very moment, trains slap. They’re portable nap machines that take you on adventures across Victoria, through Queensland, and across the coast of NSW. They’re the best place to solve a murder. Moreover, they’re heaps better for the environment than driving. What more could you possibly want?
However, I will concede that some individuals who catch trains flat-out suck. People who talk on the quiet carriage, people who eat tuna pasta bake next to me, and people who won’t move over for others are my sworn enemies. They are the bane of my chill train vibes.
Although, the chances of bumping into these sorts of folks might have slimmed. This is because NSW government analysis has revealed that Sydney’s public transport levels have dropped during the pandemic and probably won’t bounce back. According to some info that the Sydney Morning Herald obtained, over 400,000 people didn’t use public transport during the pandemic. These individuals instead worked from home or found some other way to get to the office. It’s believed that things will bounce back to around 60% to 75% of pre-pandemic levels by the start of next year.
Why Less Busy Sydney Trains Might Be Good
I don’t like traveling in overcrowded public transport. I want to stretch like a prince instead of being squished like a sardine. There are not enough Sydney train services as there is, which can make traveling at peak times incredibly miserable. If the NSW government won’t be responsible leaders and invest more money into the public transport sector, then I’ll take some more leg space any way I can get.
Why Less Busy Sydney Trains Might Be Bad
The NSW government may use these numbers to justify cutting train services. Which would be terrible. Doing so could result in even more jam-packed trains, delays, and people abandoning these services. If the government goes after this public good, then it might tailspin into becoming smaller and smaller and smaller. Then one day, before we all know it, it’s just gone.